Heather Gray

PRINCIPAL DANCER

UMB Ballet Mistress

Heather Graybegan her early training with Jacqueline’s School of Ballet under the direction of Jacqueline Colledge. She studied on full scholarship at The San Francisco Ballet School. She performed many roles with San Francisco Balletin productions such as; Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. In 1993 Heather joined Het National Ballet in Amsterdam, Holland. During her professional career she worked with artists such as; Hans Van Mannen, William Forsythe, and Rudi van Danzig. She performed Principal and Soloist roles in both contemporary and classical repertoire including: Giselle, Swan Lake  and La Bayadere. She also performed a wide range of Balanchine works such as  Serenade (Dark Angel),Violin Concerto (Principal Pas de deux), Symphony in C, Diamonds and Kammermuziek.  Heather joined Ballet West as a Soloist in 1998, under direction of Jonas Kage, dancing Principal roles. One of the highlights of her career was dancing in Wiliam Forsythes, Artifact.

Following her retirement from dancing, Heather found a passion for choreography. She has choreographed works for many companies across the United States. Her most recent projects include; Ballet West II, Long Beach Ballet, the Utah Valley University Ballet and Modern Dance department as well as the University of Utah Ballet department. In 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, her works won high Honors at the Regional Dance America Festival, and have been selected for the National Choreographic Plan. Heather has also been selected as an outstanding choreographer for the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet competitions in 2009 and 2010 and 2012.

Heather taught at Utah Valley University where she directed the student company, Repertory Ballet Ensemble. She is currently Ballet Mistress for Utah Metropolitan Ballet and Co-Director of Utah Metropolitan Ballet II, the pre-professional company of Utah Metropolitan Ballet.